Three weeks after its first coronavirus infection was discovered, the New York City region reached an alarming milestone: It now accounts for roughly 5% of the world’s cases, making it an epicenter of the global pandemic and increasing pressure on officials to take more drastic measures.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said he’s “really damned unhappy” to hear stories about New Jersey residents not abiding by his stay-at-home order and warned residents to expect a law enforcement crackdown.
President Donald Trump issued a “major disaster” declaration for Washington state over the novel coronavirus crisis, freeing up some federal assistance — but Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, countered that the president’s announcement was not enough to bolster the state’s fight against the pandemic.
Ohio’s pharmacy board, in an emergency meeting, barred pharmacists from dispensing chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 unless a person has tested positive for the virus or is otherwise approved by the pharmacy board’s executive director.
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to "immediately proceed" to erect mobile hospitals at two Long Island state universities and at convention center sites in Westchester County and Manhattan.
Some Kansas legislators say they didn’t understand how much power the governor has in emergencies until Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly closed K-12 schools for the rest of the semester and ordered a six-week halt to new evictions and mortgage foreclosures.
Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said he has no plans to tell local Oklahoma governments to put restrictions on businesses. “I don’t think that is the government’s job,” Stitt said.
Eliminating the backlog should enable the health department to get back to patients with results faster, the Minnesota Health Department said, with the priority on notifying those who test positive.
Maine fishermen are processing payments online and setting up pick-up stations for customers at farmer’s markets and in parking lots.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott moved to expand hospital staffing and capacity in Texas but declined to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order. However, he invited local officials to take more restrictive action, and Dallas County quickly issued a stay-at-home order.
Gap and other clothing manufacturers already have stepped up to help manufacture masks and other protective gear for medical workers, said California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat.
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam warned Virginians that the turmoil will stretch out for several months. Northam pleaded with Virginians to stay inside. “Social distancing does not mean congregating on a crowded beach,” he admonished.
Most North Carolina churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship are conducting virtual services. One rabbi conducted remote Torah lessons from his front porch.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said vacant medical facilities could also be used for isolation as the number of state cases increases. The state has 18,000 vacant hospital beds and 5,600 intensive care units available.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the state National Guard began to distribute tens of thousands of hospital gowns, protective masks, face shields and gloves from a national medical stockpile. Some of the equipment was out of date, but the health department cleared it for use.
Republican Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order to move the primary election from May 5 to June 2 and will take steps to ensure that all Hoosiers have the option to vote by mail.
New Hampshire schools are closed. Restaurants and bars have been banned from serving customers on-site. Even the state-owned ski area has gone dark. But one aspect of life goes on as usual: state liquor outlets.
Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in the last several days 8,000 to 10,000 Arkansans have filed for unemployment. He said there might be even more if the system was working properly.
Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced greater restrictions for some types of businesses and signaled the potential for blocking some people from entering the Ocean State. She said there will be spot-checks to enforce the illegal gathering of more than 10 people in one location.
Pennsylvania officials say those who contract the coronavirus on the job might be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. But legal and public health experts say that help may be very hard to obtain.
GOP Missouri Gov. Mike Parson ordered residents to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people. He also announced extended deadlines for paying state income taxes, registering license plates and renewing child care provider applications. And Missouri will not terminate individual Medicaid coverage throughout the federal emergency.
Maryland has been paying some essential and mission-critical employees double for hourly work since March 12. But state officials say the additional pay is no longer necessary as they believe agencies have implemented the proper procedures to protect employees from COVID-19 as well as control the spread of the disease inside state facilities.
A second Georgia state senator has tested positive for the disease caused by coronavirus and several other legislators and staffers said they had symptoms of the illness, days after the state’s entire legislative branch was urged to self-quarantine.
The Alaska debate over dividends is being pulled in two directions: On one hand, there’s less money available for dividends than there has been in a long time. On the other, there’s a potential benefit to putting cash quickly into the pockets of Alaskans, many of whom are losing their jobs.
Dogfish Head's distillery in Delaware has been producing its own hand sanitizer since last week using an FDA-approved proprietary blend of its house-distilled grain neutral spirit, hydrogen peroxide and reverse-osmosis purified water.
A federal judge reinstated Wisconsin's online voter registration system to help people find ways to participate in the April 7 presidential election amid the coronavirus pandemic. Wisconsin had stopped allowing people to use the state's online voter registration system in accordance with a state law that limits online registration just ahead of an election.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and key members of the state legislature are preparing a proposal to postpone the April 28 primary election until June 2, according to the Inquirer.
Internet providers in Minnesota have signed on to the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, which says that the companies won’t terminate internet service to residential or small business customers for reasons connected to the coronavirus crisis.